October 2008

Calendar of Events20 Oct 2008 12:11 pm

by Chris Hale
20 Oct 2008

liza minnelli metroway digonis palace   The great Liza Minnelli will be heading to the Palace Theatre for a limited two week concert engagement from December 3rd thru December 14th. The show, “Liza’s At The Palace…!” has been performed around the world and features her signature showstoppers such as “Cabaret,” “Maybe This Time,” and “New York New York” as well as a first time onstage dance tribute to Kay Thompson (Liza’s late Godmother). The dance tribute will feature the original vocal arrangements from the “groundbreaking late-1940s nightclub act” of Kay Thompson who, in addition to being an actress (“Funny Face”) and author (“Eloise at the Plaza”), was also a gifted vocal arranger, Music Director and vocal coach at MGM Studios. The always a crowd pleaser energetic Liza Minnelli will be accompanied by pianist Billy Stritch as well as a 12 piece orchestra and a quartet of dynamic singer/dancers. The concert event will feature Liza in costumes by Halston, with brand-new staging and choreography by the legendary Ron Lewis, for a magical night on Broadway. 
   The concert date marks Liza’s return to Broadway after almost a decade, with her previous Broadway engagement being in December 1999 in a tribute show, Minnelli on Minnelli, to her father, the legendary film director Vincente Minnelli.
   Tickets for “Liza’s At The Palace…!” range from $55.00 thru $125.00 and go on sale October 26, 2008 at noon and can be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com and or charge-by-phone at 212-307-4100 or 800-755-4000. Performances will run Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8PM with matinees on Sundays at 3PM. At Liza’s request, a daily lottery held at the box office will get some lucky fans first row seats for $25.00. More information on the show is available by visiting www.lizasatthepalace.com 
   NewsFlash: Two additional weeks of concert dates have been added to Liza’s concert engagement at the Palace Theatre due to popular demand. The additional performance dates include: December 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28. Visit Liza’s website above for more information and to purchase tickets.  

***Another week thru January 4th has been added by overwhelming demand! 


Photo: (c) Rick Day 2008


Special Events09 Oct 2008 05:15 pm

by Chris Hale
9 October 2008

   Every October, the leading non-profit organization Americans for the Arts, holds their National Arts Awards and celebrates Humanities Month. The National Arts Awards “celebrate the achievements of individuals who have exhibited outstanding leadership in the visual and performing arts, arts education, advocacy, and philanthropy.”
   This year, the National Arts Awards honored another spectrum of unique individuals in the arts and was held on October 6th at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The annual awards event was chaired by Americans for the Arts board member Maria Bell. The president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, Robert L. Lynch welcomed the honorees: Dame Julie Andrews, Phil Ramone, Yoko Ono, Kehinde Wiley, Joan W. Harris, and J. Barry Griswell of the Principal Financial Group.

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   The always regal Julie Andrews was the recipient of the National Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for her “profound contributions to both music and acting and for serving as a great role model and mentor for all aspiring artists. She is a champion of the literary arts and a dedicated advocate for childhood literacy. Dame Andrews is a treasured member of the arts community and a source of great national and international pride. The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a nationally recognized, established artist with a history of exemplary artistic accomplishment in his or her field.” A musical tribute was performed by the chorale of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts with selections from her famous classic musicals The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. The award was presented to Julie Andrews by Mary Rodgers, the daughter of the legendary Broadway composer Richard Rodgers, and received a standing ovation.
   Legendary music producer Phil Ramone was the recipient of the Arts Advocacy Award with Billy Joel presenting the tribute. The chorale of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts performed the Billy Joel classic New York State of Mind in tribute to Phil Ramone, a longtime producer of Billy Joel’s albums.

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   Among the other honorees, Yoko Ono received the Kitty Carlisle Hart Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts, artist Kehinde Wiley received the Young Artist Award for Artistic Excellence, Joan W. Harris received the Frederick R. Weisman Award for Philanthropy in the Arts, and J. Barry Griswell of the Principal Financial Group accepted the Corporate Citizenship in the Arts Award.
   The Americans for the Arts has been around for 48 years promoting and advancing the arts in America. Donations to help preserve the arts through this wonderful organization can be made by visiting http://www.artsactionfund.org 

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All Photos: (c) Caroline P. Digonis 2008